The Interview Access Gap for Black Engineers



About the Report

In 2020, 64 percent of software engineers in the United States were White, while just six percent were Black or African American. Despite decades of DEI initiatives and promises, the world of tech is simply not moving the needle fast enough.

One reason is the interview access gap for Black engineers. This gap exists because of systemic inequity in education and structural barriers in tech. The gap amplifies interview anxiety and plants the seeds of imposter syndrome.

The good news is that practice interviews are helping Black computer science students close the gap. However, the onus to close the gap can’t fall entirely on Black engineers. Technical hiring must evolve. This report quantifies the interview access gap and identifies three areas where organizations can make meaningful and immediate changes.

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“Karat’s Interviewing Cloud has been a game-changer for us. We’ve gotten back over 25,000 hours of developer time that we’re able to spend innovating and building products.”

Joseph Sirosh, CTO at Compass